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Cell phone addiction has a name, and yes, there is formal treatment for it

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Cell phone addiction has a name, and yes, there is formal treatment for it
While certainly not as debilitating as other chemical based addictions, nomophobia has its first recovery center in southern California.  Nomophobia is the term created by British researchers in 2008 to identify people who experience anxiety when they have no access to mobile technology.

A more recent survey by SecurEnvoy found that 41% of people interviewed had two phones or more.  Half of those indicated they would be upset if a partner looked at messages or texts on their devices.  The numbers get really interesting when you look at specific demographics.

70% of women, compared to 61% of men, worry about losing their cell phone.  However, men are more likely than women to have two phones, 47% to 36%.  Not surprisingly, the younger age groups have higher numbers of people that would feel distress of being without their mobile phone.  In the 18-24 age group, 77% revealed nomophobia.  In the 25-34 group, that number drops marginally to 68%.  What may come as a surprise is that the third-most nomophobic group was the age-55 and over group.

According to medical definitions, needing “anything” in order to feel at ease or normal is technically a disability.  The Morningside Recovery Center in Newport Beach, California has founded the first recovery group for those affected by nomophobia.  The group environment is designed to help those learn to see the signs and symptoms of their addiction to mobile devices.

What seems interesting is that some of the arguments to develop a treatment program cite symptoms that many of us observe as a result of over-using the technology as well.  For example, people who rely on their phones to communicate their emotional state and become obsessed with always having access to “being connected,” they become vulnerable to isolating themselves.  The same thing apparently happens if nomophobic person is separated from their beloved gadget(s) and the result is the same, more isolation and less interaction with other people.

Morningside Recovery Center is ready to assist those who may be contending with nomophobia: if you are unable to turn your phone off – ever, or if you obsess over battery usage and constantly check for new messages, those may be signs.  In addition, constant checking for calls or taking your device with you to the bathroom may be part of the symptomatic reality of nomophobia.  Should you make the call to the recovery center, just beware that Newport Beach is among the wealthiest and most affluent communities in the world, so treatment likely does not come cheap.

For the rest of us, do not forget your smartphone when you have to visit the restroom or water closet.

source: FOX News

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posted on 25 Sep 2012, 23:44 8

2. zackh121556 (Posts: 98; Member since: 01 Feb 2012)


My name is Zack... and I have an Android addiction. Anyone else?

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 03:22 5

9. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


My name is Jonathan
I am addicted to all gadgets be it iOS wp android

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 05:58 2

11. TechPsycho (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)


hi 5 Me too! :)

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 08:27 1

14. IHateApple (banned) (Posts: 122; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


me too

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 23:50 9

3. Nematc (Posts: 28; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


I am fed up with phonearena , gsmarena , pocketnow. Every hour checking what happen in mobileworld. Enjoying comments of fanboys. Understanding new features & share the knowledge with anyone asking me. My colleagues & partner know mobile is my favourite subject. By the way I am using Galaxy Note & Nokia 6210c.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 00:57 5

7. coolnand (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)


Omg!!! I thought I was the only guy... hehe.. dude u just wrote what I do all day long everyday!!! Dejavu!!!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 08:53

19. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


yeah . Same here

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 00:03 4

4. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


i think im nomophibic! i cant live without gadgets... i trying not to open my computer for 3 days--no internet connection, etc... i think i die.. i just lost some part of me!!

its really unhealthy.. i want it out!

i cant live without reading phonearena, gsmarena, mynokiablog, crackberry, wpcentral and theverge in a day!

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 00:28 3

5. Ravail (Posts: 181; Member since: 14 Oct 2011)


I went a little more than a week without my cell phone (Repair).. if i can do it.. surely most anyone can. Get real people.. These devices have not been around that long.. anyway... Long Live Android!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 08:57

20. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


I left my iPod touch to repair the screen for 3 weeks and i miss it a lot .
Sure i have ipad and Galaxy nexus but somehow i still miss it .
I dont really take my iPad out . I miss the retina display , design and i miss an ios device that i can put into my pocket .

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 00:47 2

6. Nookie4u (Posts: 127; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)


I'm not generally scared of being deprived of my mobile devices but the lost of the ability to be contacted when needed kinda makes me uneasy.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 02:16 2

8. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 629; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I heard of food and water addicition. Withdrawal symptoms may cause anxiety, dizzines, thirst, hunger and even death. The first center for psychological treatment will be opened in Central Africa.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 07:23

13. weinerslav (Posts: 126; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


I have to applaud your comment, the article seems funny but after your great comment just feels sad... Half of the world is dying in need and the other half keeps inventing diseases... what a world!

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 03:29

10. tiara6918 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Looks like I have nomophobia too, anyone else?

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 06:06 1

12. mobilefuture (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


I'm not proud to say I'm nomophobic. I check for messages every 15min and updating myself through phonearena, gsmarena, Nokia conversations and all the other sites. Its a sad truth.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 08:36 1

15. Techboi (Posts: 84; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


Mostly everyone that wrote on this site is monophonic lol

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 11:41

16. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Where is Taco and Gallito........??? They both are 'appelodict'........ And I think Wendy is also appelodict... And guess what no body has cure for this in world.........

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 13:54 1

17. downphoenix (Posts: 2306; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Phones are a necessity in the modern world. You have to have some kind of phone in order to do various things like get a job so you can make money so you can buy food and shelter so do you dont starve or freeze to death or die from heat exhaustion. And increasingly, its mobile phones, not landlines, that you need. That said, moderation. Same with food, sleep, exercise, etc. You need it, but you need to not do it all the time.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 15:29

18. metalpoet (unregistered)


well slap me silly and call me a nomophobe :) Cellphones are my job, of course im addicted to them lol! The bigges tthing that pisses me off is that their are still people in my age group (20-30) and even the old people (50 - death) refuse to accept that mobile technology is the future and if they dont accept it and move on to attempting to evolutionize themselves then they will fall behind and start complaining that they no longer make flip phones!

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 03:49

21. mikey7963 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)


I'm 49, so i fit into your demographic of those that refuse to accept mobile technology, so it pisses you off that those of us who still wont become enveloped in the smartphone is god mentality does it?, why does it even matter to you that some people still prefer to do things for themselves, that some people prefer to not be engrossed, at the expense of proper human interaction, in a piece of plastic that you can control by touching the screen, surely its a choice thing, i personally value my privacy and value my quality time away from people, i certainly don't want to have a phone going off every 2 minutes to alert me that frankie is in tesco's having a nervous breakdown cause he doesn't know whether to get bagels or muffins, i also don't want my time wasted by having to hold conversations by typing on a keyboard to someone who is in the same room as me, oh by the way, you are aware that speaking is actually quicker than texting and it doesn't put you in the category of those ridiculous morons who believe that what they have to say is so important that they must say it while walking and all others should be aware of just how important what they have to say is , so must move out of their way so that the moron texting doesn't have to look where they are going, frankly Metalpoet , while the mobile industry is busy brainwashing the brain dead, ill stick to using a land line and do what i want to do on the net using my desk top computer.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 06:37

22. zackh121556 (Posts: 98; Member since: 01 Feb 2012)


Mikey... If you hate cell phones so much why are you on this site? Plus this post has been dead for about 4 months. ...

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